One of my favorite pieces of trivia about Lincoln City is that it is named after, and even has a large statue dedicated to, a man who never set foot in the area. As a matter of fact, Abraham Lincoln was offered and turned down both the job of secretary of the Oregon Territory and the job of governor of the Oregon Territory. Though the country is the better for what he later went on to do, it’s still a beloved trivia fact that locals like to toss out.
A lecture about a man who actually did spend time here and left his mark all over the state in the majestic bridges he designed, "Highway 101 … and those McCullough Bridges," will be a part of Antique Week in Lincoln City, which officially begins on Saturday, February 8. Sales at a dozen antiques and collectibles stores and a special drop of antique glass fishing floats on the beach are all parts of this very popular annual event.
One of the McCullough Bridges, which now carries drivers over the Yaquina Bay
Classic parts of Antique Week include the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce Super Auction, held 5 to 9 p.m., February 8, at the Chinook Winds Seafood Grill and a special display at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum, which this year honors the Red Devils.
The Red Devils were formed in 1933 for the purposes of both having fun and helping to form the future of what would later become Lincoln City. According to local lore, they would even playfully kidnap redheaded women and throw them into Devils Lake or the ocean. The few things left that have the Red Devils' logo as well as some stories about the things they did will be on display at the museum, except the famous haunted fire truck, which gets parked in different places around town.
This antique fire truck is still operational and bears the image of the Red Devils
Chessman Gallery Director Krista Eddy leads many “Make and Take” events every year for kids at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. For this special event week, though, she’s offering one for all ages on Sunday, February 9, at 1 p.m. with help from the Antique Week committee. Provided will be paper, glue, ribbons, paint, vintage buttons and other decorative things donated by local antique stores. All in the hopes that you will come in and make a Valentine inspired by old-fashioned cards to have as a keepsake or to give away to your Valentine.
And of course, no one should miss popping into the many antique stores throughout the city to take advantage of the special sales on offer. From the start of the event through February 17, you can collect stamps on maps available at the participating stores on the list, found here, and turn in the completed ones for prizes.
Still have some pep in your step? Hit the beach, where a large number of antique Japanese glass floats will be hidden above the high tide line during Antique Week, and you don't necessarily need a trained eye to spot them.